Burn Survivor Dog Ready To Give Back To Society, Becomes A Burn Unit Therapy Dog


A 9-year-old Shiba Inu dog named Taka almost died when he got trapped in a house fire.

The poor dog dragged himself out of the fire, and was taken to Care More Animal Hospital in Georgia.

There he received several months of uninterrupted care from the staff.


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By the time Taka recovered, he was blinded by the burns. The burns around his eyes, mouth, ears and belly left permanent scars and life was not the same for him anymore.

He had endured so much pain that it completely changed his personality.

Veterinary technician Crystal Lesley became Taka’s foster mom, and helped him adjust to his life as a trauma victim.

But the poor Taka had developed many behavioral issues by then. So Crystal decided to get help for him through the volunteers at “Canine Training Project”.


Source: Care More Animal Hospital/Facebook


At his specialized training, Taka showed affinity towards being a therapy dog for burn patients.

It seemed as if he was eager to comfort other victims who had gone through the same plight as him.

His aggressive tendencies also stopped and he began focusing on getting a therapy dog certification.


Source: The Canine Training Project/Facebook


Crystal feels that Taka has a special effect on burn patients as he himself is a burn survivor.

He is a symbol of the “light at the end of the tunnel” for the traumatized burn victims who see no hope. We wish him all the best!

Check out the video below to watch Taka’s journey as he pledges to become a therapy dog for burn victims!

WARNING: The contents of this video may be disturbing to some viewers.

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